On Saturday, UK High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey visited Upper Imenti Forest with Rhino Ark and local leaders to help secure electric fence posts in place to help reduce human wildlife conflict as part of the Mount Kenya Fence Project.
During his visit, representing the UK which is a key supporter of Kenya’s environmental and wildlife conservation, Mr Hailey also unveiled a plaque commemorating his visit where he placed one of the fencing posts in place.
Mt. Kenya was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997, and plays a critical role in water catchment for the entire country.
Not only is it the lifeblood of the Tana River, which supplies water for power generation and major irrigation schemes, the ecosystem also presents a rich biological diversity with many animal and plant species.
Mount Kenya also borders some of the most densely populated areas of the country and the co-existence of wildlife and humans brings a number of challenges.
The purpose of the Mt. Kenya Electric Fence, which when completed will encircle over 2,400km² of prime forests, water catchment and wildlife habitat, is to bring harmony between nature and the neighbouring communities so as to protect the ecosystem.
In addition to the involvement of local communities in the project, Rhino Ark is also partnering with Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service, Mount Kenya Trust, Space for Giants, British Army Training Unit Kenya, and the Government of Kenya.